The Events Industry provides a critical product in the context of sustainability of the Irish Economy and Tourism. The delivery of events varies greatly on a national level with some counties saturated in terms of volume of events, while others host the occasional event. This leads to a varying knowledge base among statutory agencies and prescribed bodies. The current Codes of Practice are out of date and the current legislation is not fit for all purposes. This combined with a lack of national standards and processes can create confusion and frustration for event organisers.
The recession has also impacted on the industry with a shortage of funding and a greater demand on the industry to supply more for less. This has in some cases led to a drop in staff welfare and facility standards and challenges in terms of the ability to engage qualified, competent and experienced staff. All of this can lead to increase exposure in terms of safety health and welfare risks. Relevant Codes of Practice are out of date and require review.
We are a group of practitioners and service providers in the industry with combined experience of the industry from within the public sector, health and safety, programming, production and event management service provision. Having experienced some of the issues identified above, we believed it was timely to set up an Association that would provide a distinct and effective voice and representation of all sectors of the event industry in Ireland, in order to improve standards, update legislation, improve access to training and accreditation and make representation for greater co-ordination and standardisation of statutory processes.
Our initial action proposed is to provide a networking event for those in the industry to meet, hear more about what our aims and objectives are, find out more about what you need, are there other needs that we have not identified and then move forward with a commitment from you to join as a member of the Association and agree key actions and deliverables.
It is intended to host the networking event in late January, 2014. Currently there is no fee structure formulated for joining the EIAI, however this can be a topic of discussion at the networking event. It is the intention of the initiating group that this Association should be affordable and accessible for all to join.
The initial people behind this initiative, who are giving voluntarily of their time, are:
Elaine O’Connor, Mary Weir, Jessie Walsh, Grainne Walker, Shane O’Doherty and Sinead Murphy
If you are interested in attending the next networking event and/or are interested in becoming a member of the Association please register here.